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Notes for John Bowlby PALMER


Residences & events:

1800 Salisbury Twp, Rowan Co, NC. At census time James' family lived 2 doors from brother Philip's family. James was 26-44 years old, his family consisted of 1 male under the age of 10, 2 females under 10, and 1 at 16-25.

1818-1820 Franklin Co, TN

John's will said:

In the name of God amen. John B. Palmer of Franklin County and State of Tennessee being weak in body but perfect mind and memory thanks be to almighty God calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die does make and ordain this my last Will and Testament revoking all others heretofore by me made.

First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Grave and as touching such worldly estates wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath the same in the following manner (to wit).

First I will that my Executors and Executrix hereafter named pay all my just debts from my apd. estate as I have heretofore endeavored to do in my lifetime.

Second I give and bequeath to my oldest Daughter Margaret now Margaret Weddington one negro Boy named Bruce in addition to two others heretofore given namely Barberry and Rhody.

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my Second Daughter Eliza Palmer three negros namely Mariah, Fanny and Jacob, one mare named Julia, two cows her equal with my Daughter Margaret Weddington at the discretion of my beloved wife.

Fourth I give and bequeath to my third Daughter Hannah now Hannah Weddington one negro boy named Judson in addition to two others heretofore given one a girl named Harriet and a boy named Richmond and other property making her equal with my aforesaid two daughters Margaret and Eliza at the discretion of my beloved wife.

Fifth I will and bequeath to my GrandSon John P. Weddington one negro boy named Joe also my Rifle gun and accouterments.

Sixthly I will and bequeath to my GrandDaughter Sarah R. Weddington a negro girl named Mary.

Seventh I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Palmer all the residue of my real and personal estate during her natural life freely to enjoy and occupy and at her death to be equally divided between my three daughters Margaret Weddington, Eliza Palmer and Hannah Weddington and their children.

Eighthly I do hereby make constitute and appoint my trusty friends George Gray Esq. and William L. Weddington together with my beloved wife Sarah Palmer Executors and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament making void all and any other heretofore by me made written or verbal ratifying and confirming this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this thirtieth day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty five 30th June 1825.

Signed Sealed and acknowledged before us John B. Palmer {seal} John Staples ; Lewis Clark.

His tombstone is inscribed "In Memory of John B. Palmer Who departed this life Oct. 1825 Aged 51 years."
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